James Forrest is one of Celtic’s best ever home grown players. This century’s talent conveyer belt at Celtic began with the likes of Shaun Maloney, Jamie Smith, Ross Wallace and Aiden McGeady, but Forrest is one of Celtic’s longest serving and most successful products in the history of the club.
Like a few of the current first team, he has been involved in each one of the eight-in-a-row titles. His skill set has developed to the level where he has gone on to be one of the most important players in the team.
To do that he had to do more than just remain at the club. Something which looked to be in jeopardy before Brendan Rodgers arrived nearly three years ago.
The right winger had to overcome injuries, inconsistent form and prove himself to three different managers. All of which he did and now that has been maintained, making him one of the club’s key players.
Last season James was amazing. He probably should have won the award then too, but Scott Brown’s impressive eleventh season edged it.
This season, there was no question, James was the best player. Callum McGregor was on the shortlist along with Rangers’ Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.
There’s no arguing Morelos has been a very important player for the Ibrox club but his discipline has been abysmal. Ryan Kent has also weighed in across the city, but his stats are nowhere as impressive.
James has been a steady performer for the last three seasons. He continues to impress for Celtic and it is his goals, assists and match winning moments made him number one above team mate, Callum McGregor.
Callum was awarded by the fans, but my vote was casted for James. He has been so important and put in the performances to match the stats.
Only Odsonne Edouard has scored more goals this season (21). James is joint second with Scott Sinclair (17), but his on-field displays have been far superior.
Sinclair’s stats dont lie, but he was outshone by Forrest who fully deserves his award. With a whopping 20 assists to add to his name that shows you how important he has been.
There are three more games remaining for Celtic now. You would have to imagine that James will be involved with more goals, assists and match winners as Celtic seek the treble treble.
Whoever takes the reins at Celtic next season, James will be an important player for them and the team. He can put this award next to his PFA Young Player of the Year and SFWA Young Player of the Year accolades from season 2011/2012.
Well done James.